You don’t thank a friend or family member for inviting you over for dinner
istock/SolStock In India, thanking the host at the end of a meal is considered a form of payment and frowned upon. Instead, return the favor by inviting them over for dinner next time, which shows that you value the relationship. “But when you do, make sure it’s not nicer than their dinner for you,” Napier-Fitzpatrick says. A comparable dinner will compliment your guest without outdoing their own. Here in the U.S., you might consider bringing a hostess gift the next time you’re invited to dinner.
Eating food off of the ground
istock/_Image-Source In the Middle East, if you drop bread on the ground, you should pick it up, kiss it, and raise it to your forehead before putting it back on your plate. This shows respect for your food and the work that went into making it. (Find out the truth behind the 5-second rule.)
Not finishing everything on your plate
istock/bigjom In many Asian countries, wiping your plate clean means that your host didn’t feed you enough. Leave a small portion of food on your plate, instead, to indicate that you’ve had your fill—otherwise, your host will continue refilling your plate until they run out of food!